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    Can't for the life of me figure odfrank out. I'm not sure if he's serious or has a very dry sense of humor! lol

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    >Little in beekeeping is new since 1850.

    That is a fact. I don't know of anything really useful to come along since...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    Can't for the life of me figure odfrank out. I'm not sure if he's serious or has a very dry sense of humor! lol
    With Charlie B cutting me down at every turn I have to keep my defenses up.

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    Radar and I are just keeping you honest!
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    Absolutely! .... Nothing goofy about Charlie's hive equipment ...


    How about them Raiders ....



    Photo linked from: http://baynature.org/articles/thrill...co-beekeeping/
    More photos and a story at the link.

    Oops ... I forgot this was a Swarm Trap thread. So, from the same article, this appears to be one of Charlie's swarm traps ....


    Last edited by Rader Sidetrack; 12-10-2013 at 12:40 PM. Reason: update with swarm trap photo
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    That last pic was an image of my "Economy Model" swarm trap. Note the double wall construction. I don't have the kind of money Ollie has but I manage none then less!
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    Made a swarm trap out of an 8 frame deep. Will also be making some from spare lumber...and now will have to try cardboard!

    2013SwarmTrap_zps3fc12e15.jpg

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    Charlie, if you want to become rich like me you will have to become as cheap as me. Make your swarm traps out of Styrofoam fish shipping crates and wine boxes.




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    Does the styrofoam work ok? Thought it might smell some. I wonder if a cooler would work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenww View Post
    Does the styrofoam work ok? Thought it might smell some. I wonder if a cooler would work?
    No, fish boxes are low density foam. They catch swarms fine but the bees eat right through it. And wine boxes don't hold up, wood is too thin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    No, fish boxes are low density foam. They catch swarms fine but the bees eat right through it. And wine boxes don't hold up, wood is too thin.
    Sounds like you're on the right track with those boxes Ollie!
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    You don't learn if you don't try. I always generously admit my failures and promote my successes. See post #4 of this thread. I long ago declared the end of my winebox, fish box and packing box swarm trap days. They all caught swarms, but were equal work and expense of just using brood chambers or nuc boxes.

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    Nearly all my bees are trapped, so this is what happens in THIS area. 5 frame nucs, or a single Warre box get checked out and often passed up. They have a capture rate of 10% at best. An 8 frame or 10 frame single box catches about 15 to 20% of the time. 2 Warre boxes, set up as a complete hive, or 2, 8 frame hive deeps are accepted more often, and the capture rate is about 20 to 25% at best around here. I put out between 15 to 20 lure boxes yearly. It requires more resources to set full hives out, but the bees seem to have an eye for their needs in the future. Even small softball sized swarms prefer larger boxes/sets. And a small spring swarm can get very large by September. Save work, just use a hive body, as it can be moved to the bee-yard as is.
    The first year I started swarm luring I had a lot of small single box lures, so many that I STILL have extra Warre floors and roofs!
    The next few years I put them together, and as a result, actually got more bees, with half, or even less, as many swarm lures. Also, that attracts bigger swarms.
    Good luck! and happy bee-catching!

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    http://www.beerescue.com/Unusual_Hon...estations.html

    The VERY BEST swarm box is built with a hand held drill using a 1" bit. Almost any wall will do, but one that is difficult to reach is best.
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julysun View Post
    http://www.beerescue.com/Unusual_Hon...estations.html

    The VERY BEST swarm box is built with a hand held drill using a 1" bit. Almost any wall will do, but one that is difficult to reach is best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    Here ...


    From this thread:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ory-lids/page2

    BG posted that on 11/30/13, so prior art hasn't really been established at this point ...
    The new guy never gets credit. I posted this on 07-17-2013,

    topenter1.jpg

    I'm sure it's not an original idea.

    But I think if I were repurposing 8 frame deeps as swarm traps, I'd put the routed board on top instead of on the bottom. That would make it easier to flip the board over to transport the trap. The traps I used this summer had those disc entrances that are easy to rotate shut, and they worked fine. but the routed top board avoids the cost of the disc and the hole in the hive body.
    Ray--1 year, 7 hives, TF

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    How about a mobile swarm trap? Anyone ever tried parking in the same place at work, and happen to have a swarm trap on top of the vehicle? It might work for those who park on the second or third floor of a parking ramp.

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    Rhaldridge,

    So BG stole this from you, ok, I see what's going on now.

    Adrian, are you drunk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    Rhaldridge,

    So BG stole this from you, ok, I
    I make no claims.
    Ray--1 year, 7 hives, TF

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    Quote Originally Posted by julysun View Post
    http://www.beerescue.com/Unusual_Hon...estations.html

    The VERY BEST swarm box is built with a hand held drill using a 1" bit. Almost any wall will do, but one that is difficult to reach is best.
    Lol! That type is very good, but hard to move, as it is really heavy! This seems to be the makings of a fine prank on a rancid neighbor, with the help of a dose of swarm lure!

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